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How can we improve? Linda, I started retaining water in my legs about 7 months ago. I went to my primary doctor and told her about it and she put me on a water pill once a day. My legs continue to stay swollen along with my hands and stomach.

I feel I eat a pretty healthy diet. Love my veggies and fruit. Mary, when you read my book on water retention, what chapters did you feel applied to you? This is how you can do your own investigation of your problem. I had the lap band procedure done.

I lost a lot of weight. I was done to 98 pounds. The doctor opened my band a little bit so I could put on a little weight. I still did not eat much. I ballooned 35 lbs. I was put on the Lasix and that helped a little.

I have gone under many studies and blood work and everything comes back normal. My doctor has no clue what is wrong with me. I keep retaining water and still gaining weigh. It is now 8 months since this started and I am up 90 lbs. Josie, unfortunately Lasix is not a long-term solution. Have you carried out the self-tests described in the waterfall diet book?

This will tell you if you are eating something or taking a medication that may be causing your water retention. You also need to read the health advice on this site.

I am 29 with a low hemoglobin. I have been getting blood transfusions every three weeks for the past year and half. When I started transfusions I gained 15 pounds within 2 months and my urine output decreased significantly. The weight seems to be in my thighs, abdomen, and a little in my ankles and face. Is your book helpful for this kind of situation? Possibly you are sensitive to something added to the transfusion fluid.

Or it may be a coincidence and unrelated to the transfusions. My book may give you some clues and ideas to try out on an experimental basis. I have been suffering from chronic diarrhea that comes and goes. It started with a food-borne illness several years ago. My doctor calls it IBS. Recently, it was particularly bad… just watery stools several times a day. No blood, no pain or feelings of sickness. I took it for 6 days, and at the end of the last day, I noticed my feet and ankles retaining water.

I stopped taking it 3 days ago, and the symptoms have not subsided. Can you give me any advice or encouragement? I would suggest that you read as much about its ingredients and their potential effects as you can, and you may find a clue. The diarrhoea may also play a part in this. It is hard to tell without working with you over a period of months. Water retention in late pregnancy is very common. Check this site for foods to avoid or cut down.

Lying on her left side will help as it takes the weight of the baby off the major blood vessels. The pain you refer to is due to pressure as the water collects. This link may also be helpful http: Why do I seem to retain more fluid as I age? I have high blood pressure and coronary heart disease; however both are under control, and I take medications for both. I seem to retain fluid mostly in my stomach and abdomen.

Mary, in my experience the causes of ill-health usually lie in what we eat. If you are not eating right, then you are more likely to develop high blood pressure and water retention. While there my legs filled with fluid and I developed a rash. I have gone to my general doctor and we have gone off meds, on meds, changed my diet to no avail. My labs are all normal. I have remained physical active throughout the last 6 months due to my job, despite feeling awful. Do you have any suggestions on which direction we should go?

Shannon, I really feel for you — this must be so frustrating, but it is extremely good news that the water retention is gradually disappearing. I think that if you are really eating what is right for you, then you would not have a blood pressure problem at all, so you have some way to go as regards diet. If you were to consult me professionally I would put you on a one-week experimental diet to see how your body responds to it.

It is highly targeted for water retention problems and because it aims to get results within just a week, it is pretty tough, but if you respond well to it, you will at least know that your problem can be helped by what you eat. Another thought is that the original rash and swelling may have been due to an infection which is still affecting your system. Perhaps consult a herbal medicine expert to see if there is something you can take that targets hidden parasites in your blood, for example.

I have been suffering with swollen ankles and legs for almost a year now. Doctor tried me on different water pills but nothing worked. I went for an EKG all is well with the heart. Christine, there are at least seven different causes of idiopathic water retention water retention of unknown cause.

See the rest of this site for more information. Wishing you all the best. HI Good day, I struggle from water retention and I notice it because of my rings that do not want to go on my fingers any more. I do however struggle a little bit with indigestion and I drink coffee twice per day. Lindy, one of the causes of indigestion is drinking too much liquid with meals. Carry a bottle of water around with you and drink it throughout the day. If you are already eating a healthy diet, there are possibly some foods that you are sensitive to.

My books can help you find your safe foods and also help you to increase the foods that help to prevent water retention. However only your doctor can tell you if your kidneys are under-functioning.

I have water rentention in my lower back, my massage therapist said it will be due to stress and anxiety. This makes sense to me because I have had the water retention mostly since childbirth 4 years ago. I also have a hard lump inside the water retention, which is concerning me. Alicia, massage is good for water retention but can only improve it if your lymphatic system is the cause. Please do take the nutrition advice given here. Any kind of abnormal hard lump needs to be checked out by a doctor.

I have ben told by health professions,that the swelling in my lower leggs,is due to dehydration. Two accupuncterists said its kidney problems. Two times while haveing a physical,I was told that my kidney function was normal. After the kidney test results were in. And one of the accupuncturists said another indicator of kidney problems,was cracks on my toung,top of the toung.

Occording to chinese medicine. What do you think of this.? Randy, dehydration is certainly notorious for causing water retention, as it makes the body hold on to water, but there are probably some other factors involved in your case.

If the energy flow is not good, this could be an indicator that the organ in question may develop functional problems at some later stage. In the oriental system, cracks on the tongue reflect the state of energy in the body. Randy, please check out the page on this site which looks at the causes of swollen legs.

You need to follow the nutritional advice given on this site and in my books. This will help you to correct any wrong eating habits that may be contributing to your swelling. Hi I have always wanted to know why I build up water all over my body during the day.

I also do not wee the amount of water I have drunk, unless I lie down for at least half an hour, then I wee constantly especially if I lie on my left side?! When I do lie down I loose lots of water and feel really slim like I did when I wake up in the morning. I drink at least 2 litres a day and hate salt so I never add them to my foods.

When I am on my period I literally gain 6lbs! Jasmin, you must report this to your doctor. It sounds like something may be pressing on your pelvic veins. Lying on your left side helps to relieve this pressure, which is why the problem then seems to resolve. It is very important to tell your doctor about this.

Linda, I noticed that for the past week that my ankles and knees and one day hands were puffy by the end of the day. I gained about 10 lbs in 3 months and throughout the day my weight fluctuates around 3 lbs.

I drink between bottles of water on most days. Do you have any advice for me? Miranda, my advice is to give your doctor this information. Your doctor will check your heart and tell you whether your kidneys are ok. If he says your problem is idiopathic oedema edema , or water retention of unknown cause, then I would advise that you read the book recommended on this site.

It helps you to identify some of the potential causes of your swollen ankles and knees. These causes vary from person to person. You should also make sure you get enough exercise even if just walking a mile a day to keep your blood circulation healthy as you have a job that requires sitting down all day.

I live in a tropical climate 6 months of the year and have noticed that my urine is dark and does not smell nice. I presume this is dehydration? My face is also swelling and puffy for no reason i. I am also suffering from a swollen distended stomach that so many people think I am pregnant!

Denise it is important to drink more water when the weather is hot. You should consult a doctor about your swollen tummy before assuming it is water retention. My diet is pretty good…. What am I missing? Gerardine, I wish I could give you the answers you are looking for, but I would have to sit down with you to analyse your full diet and health history.

I hope you understand. Please try to take the time to read my books and I hope they will help you to find the answer for your water retention. Hi Linda, I am 35 years old and I have had a water retention mostly in one leg since I was 17 years old.

My left leg is visibly swollen 27 days of the month and it is worse during the summer. I drink plenty of water and I am really good at watching what I eat. Nadezda, I hope you have had the right kinds of tests.

To have swelling in only one leg suggests some kind of partial blockage to the blood circulation for that leg. You are doing very well to watch your salt intake, avoid sodas and taking care with what you eat. All this will help to avoid some of the common causes of water retention. Hi I have been a mild bulimic for a yr throwing up my dinner. A week after I stopped, my body started adding weight and water retention in my thighs and but which came and went.

After a year clean d water retention turned to swelling and if I do cardio I swell more and gain a kg in a week and I don t think it s water as d weight won t go down when I stop exercising. No diet works anymore to lose weight. I ve done so many tests showing everything normal.

Is this experience connected to bulimia? I m so down…. Bernadette, water retention as a result of bulimia is very common. The metabolism is damaged by starvation and purging, and you need to allow your body time to heal, while ensuring that you maintain healthy eating habits and not over-exercising.

I have been experimenting water retention for around months now. But it is strange because it only happens on the weekends. During the school time it seems like from monday to driday everything is okay and then, on saturday i gain like 5 kg suddenly! It is killing me mentally, plus i feel very uncomfortable, heavy and my body hurts.

Basically i get water retention on my face, legs, butt, stomach, back and hands. I have a healthy vegan diet all my blood tests are okay and good habits, but i can not find a reason why this happens, and my doctor can not either.

Is it possible that it is caused by some nervious system or hormonal system disorder? I am 17, by the way. Nor, you should try to think what is different when you are at home. Is your tap water contaminated? Is there mould in your home? Are you active or do you sit around too much? Water retention has many different potential causes. I have a terrible problem in particular with water retention in my thigh area. My thighs for instance this morning measure 1 inch more than they did yesterday.

This goes up and down all the time. I have been on Spironolactone for PCOS for quite a while now which I believe to be a diuretic so I am unsure as to why I am retaining so much fluid in the leg area. My ankles are fine as is most of the rest of my body. PCOS is a sign of metabolic imbalance in your body. Medications in the long term have a tendency to cause further metabolic imbalances. I would recommend that you carry out the testing outlined in my waterfall diet publications.

This provides the answer for most people but if not, a naturopathic nutritionist will often be able to help PCOS which as a side benefit should help correct the imbalances that may be causing your water retention. I have been on 50 mg of spirolactone twice a day and 20 mg of lasix 3 times a day for about 6 months for my leg, ankle , and feet swelling. I have stage 2 liver scerosis.

My doctor took me off the spirolactone for about a week because it was causing my breasts to hurt, and while off of it I gained 10 lbs.

I am back on my lasix and spirolactone. Should I drink more water? What should I do? Tim, a liver condition such as this can cause serious water retention. Hi Linda, my name is katrina. My 54 year old sister has consistent swelling on her entire left side. This has been occuring for a good portion of and still exist. I am so worried, searching the internet for answers.

Do you have any idea of what the problem is? Katrina, it may be that the doctors have not yet done the right kind of test. If the swelling is only on one side it suggests some kind of problem with the circulation or the lymphatic system. I am 43 year old female and have 20 plus pounds of water weight or more. My kidneys have shut down in the past twice for unknown reasons. I eat pretty healthy and drink lots of water.

I am taking cranberry supplements and going to try dandelion root supplements as they worked great in the past. I also discovered that a systemic body wide yeast infection can cause terrible water retention. Treating the yeast infection drastically helps reduce water retention. Hi Linda, my Cranial Sacral Therapist has just told me I am retaining about 10 lbs of water, mostly in my gut.

He nor my acupuncturist feel it is my heart as in congestive heart failure. I also lost my business 2 yrs ago and have been sitting most of the day which is the opposite of what I had been.

Prior to the loss of my business I was on my feet most all day always moving. This is where the sitting and just watching TV began or being on the internet. I am better about being up now, but retaining this water is bothersome as I know it can eventually cause heart problems.

Thank you for any help you can offer. Sherry I am very sorry to hear of your losses. The water retention is your body telling you that it is not getting what it needs. It sounds like counselling would be a good thing for you, to help motivate you to take care of your health and get more exercise. Hi Linda, I have just read you website and it sound bril. I am 64yrs old for probably 30yrs of that since I have had my last child I have very swollen ankles and my knees are hugh and my legs and arm are very sore to touch, I have my heart checked and it was ok and my kidney function is perfect.

Nobody seems to be able to tell me what is wrong with me. I am overweight but even when I lost three stone 10yrs ago I still was sore to touch everywhere. I would love to have a good shape leg again, and not be sore to touch. I do have high blood pressure now but even when I hadent my legs and ankles were always big swollen and sore to touch. Maybe you can help Thanking you so much.

I went back on them, but my blood pressure became too low. I took half of one each day, then half every other day and am now going several days in between. How in the world can I get off of these things and get my normal legs and feet back?

Now, of course, I wish I had never started taking them in the first place! Cheryl, that is fortunately what this website is all about.

Please read the sections on improving your diet and on the dangers of long-term diuretics. Hi Linda, do you have any experience with Lyme Disease? I go for lymph massages. What could be going on? I feel like I have a giant water balloon inside. Linda, Lyme disease can certainly have many unpleasant effects. Water retention of unknown cause that is, not related to a recognised medical condition has at least seven causes that are related to nutrition and lifestyle so it is important to investigate these by reading as much as you can on this site.

Iam 55 male and in fairly good health. Been going to the gym days a week for 25 years. So I knew my strength was good but cardio was down. I started walking a mile a day for 30 days, then 2 a day, now 3 a day after 90 days. Let me tell you the next day when I woke up my calf was killing me. Injuries can certainly cause inflammation and swelling. Putting your foot up and giving your foot and leg plenty of massage to encourage lymphatic circulation will help.

You can read more about the lymphatic system in my Waterfall Diet book the paperback version published by Piatkus, which is the most comprehensive one. I recently started taking birth control. In the last month, I have gained 10 pounds! I work out days a week for an hour. I have not gained any inches, but have lost maybe about an inch on my thighs. Could this be water retention? Yes, several different types of medication can cause water retention by interfering with the hormones that control sodium levels in the body.

Contraceptive pills are one type notorious for this. I have cellulite, but my legs look really puffy and in the morning my face is swollen. Could it be that I do have it?

I also gained 5 kilo in 1 week. I am 23 years old and I weigh 68 kg. I eat very healthy and I drink 2liter of water everyday. Messa your doctor should certainly know that only water retention can cause a 5 kg weight gain in as little as one week. This is something that everyone knows.

But Usually we bring water retention upon ourselves with our eating habits. If you really want to combat this problem please read some of the reviews of my book the Waterfall Diet, which has helped many people discover what was causing their water retention.

There are different causes in different people. I am 26 n i have this problem of water retention for a year now n its periodic. Fluctuates with my periods n also with my salt intake but it began 2 yrs bapck when i was treated in hospital with 4 iv plus oral antibiotics simultaneously for my complicated typhoid and brucellosis. I hold so much fluid that it hurts my feet so bad I can barely walk.

I even sleep with my sneakers on because it feels better. It is terrible having to do tha t 24 hours a day. I am under doctor care for lymphedema and have had many cases of cellulitis and now they want me to see a vascular doctor so I will be doing that now to.

I have so much pain in my legs and feet every day so bad. I also wear compression stockings during the days and I use a Flex touch pumps on both legs full leg for 45 minutes a day on each one. And nothing is really happening, getting very frustrated with all of this. For about 1 month now I have noticed my hands and feet swelling up everyday. It seems that it is usually either, or, not both feet. My right arm right now is significantly bigger than my left arm and I get tingling sensation on my feet and hand and arms when they swell up.

I have tried taking OTC diuretic and it helps minimally. I do not have blood pressure problems, I check my blood pressure regularly and it stays pretty normal. They may seem to help but they will start a dependency which in time will make the problem much worse.

Hopefully this site and the books mentioned will help you identify anything you may be doing wrong in terms of your eating habits, exercise habits, or any medications you are taking, that could be causing this problem. I have fluid retention all over my body, very swollen from my waist down. My face eyes and neck also have fluid retention.

I had my monthly intragam infusion, and over the next 24hrs I noticed the fluid. I am heavily pre medicated to have my intragam as I have anaphylaxis otherwise.

I have 50 Iv phenurgan and hydrocortisone to prevent anaphylaxis. Christina, the body can cope for many years with various stressors such as allergies and medications before it begins to show symptoms of stress. Water retention can be a symptom of such stress. I am 31 years old, for the past 3 years once or twice a year I swell to the point it hurts to walk. I got into a bad accident Nov. Since the swelling started the first time I put a little weight on each time I swell so I finally got to were I looked healthy.

I have been constipated so my Dr has me on Miralax and docolace. So I would take a water pill otc for a few days and I would be fine. I just went to the Dr I have to get more blood work, ugh. Other then that I have depression and anxiety since I was little but have always been healthy.

I also have 2 girls 10 and 8 normal pregnancy and labor baby weight was gone less then 6 month after with no exercise. If I get any bigger there really will be no ablity for me to walk. My only symptoms are severe swelling and the worst constipation of my life. Hi, my daughter is 16 years old and her stomach looks 9 months pregnant.

She is not pregnant, we had several pregnancy tests. She has a history of constipation, and as soon as I noticed her stomach getting larger, I started giving her 3 enemas daily. Before the enemas, she was constantly tired, had stomach pains when she walked and ribs were starting to hurt. After the first enema, all the pain went away but her stomach went down only 2 inches.

She has been taking miralax for 6 years. She has no pain at all, does not feel dizzy, has a lot of energy, very good appetite, heart rate 60 beats per minute and is very happy. Someone please help me. I have no insurance and no money to purchase one. Been giving her enemas for 3 months. I know about the risks but like I mentioned, she has no symptoms at all. Please, please, please I beg for anyone to answer if they know the cause of the problem. Her legs are swollen as well.

Karla, this site will help you. Your daughter needs to carry out the dietary testing procedure outlined in the waterfall diet book. It may be very different from what she is used to eating, and some people complain about this, but try to get her to persevere. I have been on a diuretics regimen since The only option has been to continue the diuretics.

Since I am on the diuretics can the Waterfall diet help me still in an effort to identify the cause of the fluid retention? Lola, diuretics are not the right treatment for idiopathic oedema edema and actually make it worse by causing dehydration, forcing the body to hold on to water.

After so many years you no doubt find that as soon as you try to stop the diuretics, the swelling returns worse than ever before. The swelling occurs because the diuretics have taught your body to hold on to water.

The waterfall diet book will help you identify the original cause of your water retention, but you must at the same time gradually wean yourself off the pills.

Take it slowly, over a matter of months to avoid too much rebound swelling. My legs started swelling over a week ago my legs have never been like this before my feet hurt so bad i prop them up im taking lasix still they wont go down i have had a doppler cardiac and kidney fuction tests done they all came back just fine.

I am so glad I found out about you and how to deal with water retention. My feet swelled up and was told that I had lympodema. I have been on water pills for over 30 years and have not been able to get my weight down.

I told my doctor and he just said I would have a hard time because of the water weight. I feel hopeful after finding your site. I never use salt and try to not eat very many foods with salt in them.

I just signed up with a personal trainer and am excited to tell him about this. I have to get to bed now but will read about this more tomorrow. Thank you so much for having this. I lost 26 lbs. Maria, there is a page on this site which deals with the topic of leg and foot swelling. If your side hurts when you are dehydrated, this may be because the dehydration is affecting one of your organs on the side in question, such as your liver or perhaps your large intestine.

My face, fingers, stomach area and feet are swollen. You may think I use salt in my food but I am talking about eating normal food — tuna fish with tomatoes, a Cobb salad at a restaurant, pizza. Now I know some of these foods have a lot of salt in them but peopke I know eat normally and urinate out the fluid.

I have to eat very bland food for me not to have fluid retention. I cannot enjoy food like everyone else. When I do take the diuretic I pee out I measured , sometimes five 16 ounce cups of water. I hate feeling swollen. My face is puffy, my shoes are tight, my stomach is so distended. But when I take a diuretic prescription I lose about 6 pounds.

I am very active- swim a mile 5 days a week and 4 Zumba classes a week. What is wrong with me? Ellie, I have not had the opportunity to examine you, using my own investigative criteria, but I have written books which you can use to try to find your own answers. As mentioned on this site, there are many different causes of idiopathic edema water retention of unknown cause.

Alternatively I can recommend a naturopath who can work with you along the lines suggested in my books. It is very good news that your kidneys have been given a clean bill of health. I have lost almost a stone and I am 14 and 5 foot 11 I always eat healthy and exercise but for some reason I always bloat I never eat over my calorie limit and I never drink soda neither do I eat anything sugary that I know of.

I always eat alot of beans though to help me release fluids from my system and I always seem to bloat even though pooing is meant to debloat you apparently.

I find this highly annoying. I have always seem to have a problem with collection of water in my knees especially right before my menstrual cycle, however since that has stop I still have the issue of this water retention in my knees.

Donna, you will need to read some of the pages on this site to see if you can find clues as to what is causing your water retention. It is not really possible to reverse a problem unless you know what is causing it. Take some time to try to understand the information here. Hi Linda, Mum takes Desmopressin to control her polyuria for diabetes insipid us. Just before she was discharged they doubled her Desmopressin to the max dosage — I guess as a sledgehammer bid to improve her wetting.

I noted soon after her discharge she developed edema. To my surprise when she mentioned it to her kidney specialist he said not to worry about the edema as it may be like a reserve of water to mitigate her becoming dehydrated. I wasnt satisfied with this and her GP has reduced the desmopressin to down from the top whack of Is your opinion is persisting with the edema quite ok as the kidney specialist implies or do you think she should she seek to take steps to reduce the swelling?

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